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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

ART SHOW RECEPTION

The Russell Floore Memorial Art Show winners will be announced during an awards reception from 5-6:30 p.m. today at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited. For more information, call 748-2390.

CAMP NANOWRIMO

The Artesia Public Library will host Camp Nanowrimo for adults ages 18 and up from 4-6 p.m. each Wednesday in April. Write-ins will give people interested in participating in National Novel Writing Month in November a chance to gather with other writers. Join Artesia’s New Mexico Scribblers online at campnanowrimo.org or juts come learn from fellow writers through webinars, activities, and writing challenges. Coffee and snacks will be served. For more information, contact Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, at 746-8506.

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOPS

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to celebrate Poetry Month at Poetry Slam Workshops set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Artesia Public Library. Receive an introduction to slam poetry and prepare to be part of the Poetry Slam Presentation at the end of the month. Teens can perform their own work or a poem of their choosing. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

LANE CLOSURE

The southbound lane of South 13th Street in front of P-Nutt’z will be closed through Friday, April 27, as the New Mexico Gas Co. installs gas service.

BLOOD DRIVE

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Senior Center multipurpose room. For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Seabrease at 625-9743 or http://www.unitedbloodservices.org

POETRY SLAM

The public is invited to stop by the Artesia Public Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, for a Poetry Slam. Watch teens perform the poetry they have been preparing all month. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP

Artesia Clean & Beautiful has scheduled its citywide cleanup event for Saturday, April 28. Volunteers may register at the AC&B office, 422 W. Main St., throughout the week to receive t-shirts, gloves and trash bags. For more information, call 748-3192.

RUSSELL FLOORE ART SHOW

The 2018 Russell Floore Memorial Art Show is on display at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center through April 28. Come support the students and cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award. Works are also for sale by silent auction. For more information, call the museum at 748-2390.

DIAPER DRIVE

Faith Baptist Church will host Diaper Drives April 4-29 at the church and from 9 a.m. – noon April 28 in front of Wal-Mart. The drive will benefit the Eddy County Children, Youth and Families Division. For more information, contact Julie Hunt at 308-0250 or Shanna Griffith at 703-5850.

UNITED WAY GOLF SCRAMBLE

The 31st Annual United Way Golf Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Artesia Country Club. Entry fee is $30 plus cart and greens fees for non-members. To register, call the pro shop at 746-6732. To sponsor a tee box, contact Denise MacDonald at the North Eddy County United Way office, 308-2702.

ZIA TEACHER REQUESTS

Teacher request forms for Zia Intermediate School are available at the school office. Any parent wishing to request teachers for their children for the 2018-19 school year will need to fill out the form. Requests will only be accepted if they are on the required form. Deadline for submitting forms is Monday, April 30.

HOME ENERGY AUDITS

Central Valley Electric is offering free home energy audits for members through the month of April. Get ready for summer and make sure the home is as energy efficient as possible. See where that cool air may be being lost, and CVE will provide a free energy saving kit to help with minor repairs. To sign up, call 746-3571.

MAY DAY BREAKFAST

First Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites the public to its 107th Annual May Day Breakfast from 6:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. Tickets are $6 each and are available at the church office, from any church member, or at the door. Carry-out is available. For more information, call 746-2721.

DIABETES WORKSHOPS

The Eddy County Cooperative Extension Service will host a series of free diabetes self-management program workshops. DSMP is a workshop for people with or at risk of diabetes. Classes will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. each Tuesday, May 1June 5, at the Senior Center, 202 W. Chisum Ave. For more information and to register, contact Jennah McKinley at 575-887-6595.

MARIACHI TENAMPA

Mariachi Tenampa, one of New Mexico’s premier musical groups, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased online at http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or by calling the OPAC box office at 746-4212.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center’s children’s theatre classes will present “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and may be purchased online at http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or by calling the OPAC box office at 746-4212.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ELECTIONS

The Eddy County Democratic Party will hold county officer and ward elections at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the IBEW Union Hall, 608 N. Main St., Carlsbad. Vacancies in the offices of county treasurer, county secretary, ward chairs, and vice chairs will be filled. This meeting is open to the public. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., and the election will be called to order at 11:30 a.m. All registered Democrats are eligible to participate.

SUMMER BRIDGE ACADEMY

NMSU-Carlsbad will conduct the Summer Bridge Academy as a free opportunity to work toward higher placement exam scores and reduce required coursework for degree programs. Session 1 will be held from May 14-17 for math and English/reading, and Session 2, “Get Ready for College-Level Courses,” from Aug. 6-9. Register online at carlsbad.nmsu.edu/2018-summer-bridge-academy. For more information, contact Teri Dodson at 234-9256.

DESK & DERRICK GOLF SCRAMBLE

The Artesia Desk & Derrick Club’s 20th Annual Golf Scramble will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Artesia Country Club. Four-person scramble (includes 1 mulligan, ½ golf cart rental and chance for door prizes). $30 per person (cart and green fees will apply to non-members). To register, contact Juan Jimenez at 746-6732.

ON THE MOVE

On the Move Outreach Center has new hours: from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays only. The center can be opened by appointment for donations and emergency situations by calling 513-0395. Volunteers are always welcome.

PARK ANNUALS

Park Junior High School 2017-18 yearbooks are now available for preorder. Cost is $40; visit http://www.balfour.com or the front office to purchase. Annuals will be available in mid-May. Students who purchased an activity ticket at the beginning of the school year will receive a yearbook at no additional cost. For more information, call 746-9892.

PREGNANCY HELP CENTER

Pregnancy Help Center of Artesia is accepting applications for volunteer positions. For more information, contact Amanda at 513-1826.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT

Artesia General Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group from 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the AGH Senior Care Unit dining room (enter via AGH Human Resources entrance off of 13th Street; ring bell of Senior Care Unit for admission). Refreshments are served. Families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or those wishing to learn more about the diseases, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 736-8175.

PLACED BY GRACE

A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.

GRIEF SHARE

Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.

SENIOR BINGO

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312 W. Kemp Ave. Rides are available. For more information, call David any time, day or night, at 602-9210.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4-5 p.m. Sundays at 505 W. Richey Ave.